Amount of substrate for plants

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by Brook16, Jul 12, 2015.

  1. Brook16

    Brook16New MemberMember

    I have 15 pounds of substrate in my 10 gallon. Is that enough substrate for planting java ferns and Anubis, I know the rhizome stays above the substrate, but how much substrate should the roots have?

    Also, are plants tabs necessary?

    Thanks.


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  2. Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    It's generally 1 pound per gallon if you want 1" depth or 2 pounds if you want 2", I think that's the way it works anyway. With plants, you'll want 2-3" of substrate. You only need root tabs for root feeders.


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  3. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    Those plants will not benefit from root tabs. They are mostly Column feeders :)


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    Brook16

    Brook16New MemberMember

    Thanks for the quick reply. So the tank water as is will be sufficient?


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  5. BDpups

    BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    It's more the waste from the fish that will feed the plants. But there are minerals in tap water that they will use too.
     
  6. Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Of course you'll want to use liquid fertilizers such as Seachem Flourish and Excel.


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  7. BDpups

    BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    What kind and how many fish do you have?
     
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    Brook16

    Brook16New MemberMember

    I've got 5 harlequin rasboras in the tank.


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    And it was cycled without fish


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  9. BDpups

    BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    Nice. In a tank with just Anubias and Java fern, I wouldn't worry abut adding any fertilizers for them.
     
  10. Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Wouldn't hurt to use though. All plants will appreciate the extra boost in nutrients.


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    Brook16

    Brook16New MemberMember

    Thanks to all - how far apart should the plants go?


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  12. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    It doesn't really matter. All my plants in my heavily planted 10 are planted next to each other. Not too far apart


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